Brooklyn Nets vs Los Angeles Clippers (BET and STREAM LIVE on Unibet TV from 01.05 GMT)
The stuttering Brooklyn Nets have finally won two games in a row. But going for three will be a little harder when they host the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.
Victories over Boston and Milwaukee were a much-needed tonic for the ailing Nets and although neither was comprehensive, there are positive signs to take. Deron Williams’ return, in tandem with Paul Pierce’s switch to the bench, provide coach Jason Kidd with some semblance of a structure for the first time this season. Ultimately, Brooklyn’s talent means they were always going to be better than their 5-14 start suggested.
Outscored 94.9-102.0 to date, the Nets need to close that gap. And that’s only something they’ll achieve collectively. A big ask going up against the Clippers who are piling up an average of 103.7 per night and have won three out of five on their current road swing.
Pierce’s demotion could work in the Nets’ favour here as he and Paul Pierce prepare to face their former coach Doc Rivers for the first time since all three departed Boston. But Brooklyn, for a while yet, will remain a work in progress. They’re +2.5 on the handicap at 1.92 here but the best bet is going over the total points line of 195.5 at 1.87.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Houston Rockets (BET and STREAM LIVE on Unibet TV from 03.35 GMT)
The highest two scoring teams in the NBA square off when Houston visits Portland with the Rockets marginally out-scoring the Blazers 107.5 to 106.2. James Harden is averaging 24.6 points per game and his versatility could be a bigger threat than Dwight Howard who’ll need to contend against Robin Lopez and LaMarcus Aldridge.
At home, Portland are 9-2 so far and they’re 1.60 to win with Houston at +3.5 on the handicap at 1.90.
Best bet: Take over the total points line of 195.5 at 1.87 in Brooklyn-LA Clippers
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